Swerwer new releases

By , 24 July 2020

Jasper Wickens has been a Swartland Independent producer since 2011 and now operates out of a renovated cellar on his wife Franziska’s family farm called Waterval on the Paardeberg. Tasting notes and ratings for the newly released 2019s as follows:

On the wing.

Swerwer Chenin Blanc 2019
Price: R220
A pronounced reductive note before peach, apple and hay. The palate has good fruit weight, moderate acidity and a gently savoury finish. Nice enough but this seems to have less detail and energy than previous vintages.

CE’s rating: 89/100.

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Swerwer Rooi-Groen Semillon 2019
Price: R220
From Semillon Gris. A complex nose with notes of orange, peach, some waxy character, hay, earth and spice. Quite broad on the palate with soft acidity and a slight bitterness to the finish.

CE’s rating: 90/100.

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Swerwer Cinsault Grenache Tinta Barocca 2019
Price: R240
Aromatics of cherries, plums, some musk, earth and spice. Medium-bodied with generous fruit, good freshness and quite soft tannins. As smashable as ever, it must be said.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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Swerwer Shiraz 2019
Price: R220
Attractive aromatics of red and blackberries, lilies, fynbos and white pepper while the palate is light and fresh with powdery tannins. Great fruit definition, balance and length.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

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Swerwer Touriga Nacional 2019
Price: R220
Ripe plums, blueberry, lavender, fynbos, earth and spice on the nose. The palate has lots of sweet, concentrated fruit to go with grippy, slightly coarse tannins – some will like it for how characterful it is while others might find it a bit too rustic.

CE’s rating: 91/100.

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